EPOS H3PRO Hybrid Review
If you are a regular reader at MEF TECH it should come as no surprise we’ve been big fans of EPOS, especially the H3 and H3 Hybrid headsets. Both deliver impressive audio performance and versatility that confidently stamps their name amongst competitors.
In an effort to continue to build on the H3 lineup, EPOS has added a new edition – the H3PRO Hybrid. Marked as the premium model within the H3 range, EPOS promises even more features in the Closed Acoustic H3PRO Hybrid, adding lag-free wireless via a proprietary low-latency dongle and enhanced noise cancellation with ANC. Begging the question; Is the H3PRO Hybrid worthy of its hefty price tag and taking the top position in the H3 lineup?
Let’s find out!
Design & Comfort
The design of the H3PRO is very similar to its predecessors. It has the same minimalist design we love and has a combination of plastic and chrome materials. Like other EPOS models, it doesn’t scream gamer and delivers a sleeker appearance perfect for let’s say more seasoned gamers. The dual microphones with one being a detachable boom mic is a welcome return that offers a tone of versatility while on the go.
EPOS has struck a nice balance with the construction of the H3PRO, offering flexibility whilst still feeling sturdy. In the headband, you’ll find a small indent that reduces pressure on top of your head and a steel slider with numbered indicators so you can adjust the H3PRO to your liking. The around-ear cushions have been specially developed for the H3PRO with a focus on comfort and acoustic seal, plus they are replaceable adding to the longevity of the headset.
In terms of comfort, the H3PRO really delivers. Both the headband and the earcups feature a mixture of leatherette and soft fabric textures, along with plenty of padding that will allow you to wear this headset for hours especially after the initial claiming force eases. Plus, the H3PRO weighs in at just 308 grams – 288 (without boom arm) which only adds to the overall comfort.
The earcups feature controls for the power, ANC, Bluetooth/smart button and unfortunately the same fiddly volume dial found on the H3 and H3 Hybrid. In addition the 3.5mm port, USB-C port and status light.
One thing to note, at the time of writing, the H3PRO is only available in one colour variation – Sebring Black. A combination of black and dark navy materials, it’s just worth mentioning should you expect an entirely black headset.
In terms of sound, the H3PRO delivers a high-quality experience we have come to expect from EPOS. Delivering a full, well rounded audio profile that works for multiple uses – including games, music and movies right out of the box. Bass is tight without being overpowering, mids are detailed, and the highs are clear so you don’t miss footsteps and other subtleties in-game.
Being a closed-back headset the sound stage is more limited when compared to the Open Acoustic H6PRO but, this doesn’t take away from the experience. Voices and gunplay in Days Gone were clear and impactful while running for dear life in Call of Duty: Warzone audio ques helped navigate the chaos. Furthermore, the option to block outside distractions with ANC is also a huge plus, especially if you game in noisy environments such as commuting or in a living room.
When listening to music the H3PRO offer fun, satisfying listening, where individual instruments are noticeable, speech is clearly heard and bass delivers on lows. I’ve been listing to some Maduk live streams while playing Age of Empires IV and the H3PRO have tackled the task with ease.
Users looking to tune the out-of-the-box sound profile can, thanks to the EPOS Gaming Suite. Here you can select EQ profiles, set surround sound and change how the microphone pickup works.
The H3PRO features the same 40mm drivers you’ll find in the H3 Hybrid, as well as the same frequency range of 20-20,000 Hz but now with increased sensitivity. They also deliver slightly better passive noise cancellation thanks to the seal created by the ear pads. Even without the ANC (more on this later), adding to a more immersive experience.
The primary microphone is a flip-down detachable boom arm with notches to adjust proximity. It offers crisp audio, has the lift to mute function and voice isolation. This means it actively cancels out background noise that would otherwise muddy up your audio. In addition, the H3PRO has a secondary earcup microphone so you can still interact on the go without the boom arm attached.
The H3 Hybrid came loaded with so many features, that you’d be forgiven for thinking there wouldn’t be room for more. It appears that EPOS has accepted this challenge with the H3PRO, and succeeded.
One of the most notable features is active noise cancellation (ANC). This is especially effective with low-frequency sounds – such as fans or low humming from devices. It’s also effective with general noise, allowing you to enjoy your audio more clearly wherever you go.
Another addition to the H3PRO is the proprietary EPOS low-latency wireless dongle. Offering lag-free gaming at a nearly imperceptible difference when compared to a wired headset – With latency as low as 40ms. Furthermore, it can also carry the microphone channel back at the same time.
Wireless audio connections are notorious for suffering from latency. For example, Classic Bluetooth audio connections have a transmission delay of up to 200 milliseconds (a fifth of a second). This does not matter when you’re watching your favorite streamer, as it’s possible to synchronize the audio and video – there’s no split-second interaction involved. But if you’re playing a game, this level of latency introduces a jarring and unplayable lag between what you see and what you hear.– EPOS
The Bluetooth compatibility of the H3PRO is another impressive feature. Not only can you connect to multiple devices, but you can also connect simultaneously to two different devices – meaning you can listen to in-game audio and another source at once thanks to the audio mixing technology.
Inside the H3PRO box, you’ll also find the detachable mic, a magnetic cover, a 3.5mm cable, a USB-A to USB-C cable, an extension cable, and the low-latency dongle. This means you can connect to any device seamlessly, making the H3PRO truly versatile.
The H3PRO boasts 30 hours of battery life while gaming on the low-latency dongle (19 hours with ANC) and up to 38 hours of audio on Bluetooth (22 hours with ANC). Up to 29 hours with the 3.5 mm cable (18.5 hours with ANC).
EPOS H3PRO Hybrid Review
- DESIGN - 97%97%
- AUDIO - 98%98%
- FEATURES - 99%99%
- VALUE - 92%92%
With the H3PRO, EPOS has tried to improve on the already impressive H3 Hybrid and it’s safe to say, they’ve succeeded. The sheer versatility of the H3PRO, sound quality and design really set it apart. Active noise cancelling and low-latency wireless really seals the deal!
The biggest hurdle is the price tag ($399 AUD), even if you are an EPOS fan. But if you want a headset that can do it all exemplary well and your budget allows you won’t be disappointed with the EPOS H3PRO.